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Always great to be out

It’s been a little slow start here in the Selkirks. The snow is here but it is not the usual bottomless powder that we typically start the season with. Today felt more like May.

Regardless of conditions it is time to get out and condition my body.  Today’s 4900 foot day was a challenge. Generally ski touring tires out the fittest people, it is a sport that wupps you into shape. Well today I was wupped. Maybe I didn’t drink enough water, or eat enough, whatever I was tired by the end. It will feel great to pass out tonight exhausted!

It really did feel like May. Warm temperatures ruined what powder there was and we were left wondering what we could do. It seemed like a great day to stand on a summit. So we toured up Balu and then up the west shoulder of Cheops. Once on the shoulder there is a great 1hr ridge climb to the summit. Cornices, rhymed rocks,  it is a great hike to the summit. Easier in the early season while there is less snow. It makes it easier to differentiate between, rock and overhanging cornice. I was able to get some decent footage and had we waited for our descent we could have had some wicked Alpenglow turns.  We still skied a great line, small chute that opens into a large bowl.

Great day to be out and always fun to summit something.

  1. hmmm November 18, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Yey, your back!

    I’ve been waiting all summer for more of your pictures with the climb and descent drawn in, I love your style, keep up the good work.

    Peter

  2. Ski Pro November 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    The descent looks a tad risky? Id stick with the beginner route! well until Id had enough practice.

  3. greg November 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    It’s all perspective. When you are looking directly across at something it will look three times steeper than it is, as in the photo. But standing on top of the little chute there are two little windloaded pockets to deal with and the rest is gravy. To be honest the entire bowl had pulled out the night before when temperatures warmed up. So the main hazards were the pockets in the chute and then once out in the bowl it was a case of skiing where the slide had not been.

  4. n/a November 21, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    The Ski Channel is pleased to announce a launch date of December 25. This winter be sure to check it out. Hope everyone has a great winter!

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